WRAP targets flat glass

Waste and Resources Action Programme has identified flat glass as a target for increased recycling. Around 500,000 tonnes of flat glass is disposed of each year including 90,000 tonnes of waste from domestic replacement windows set to landfill each year in the UK.

WRAP published a study last week, by the Steel Construction Institute and the Building Research Establishment, showing that although some recycling is carried out by the flat glass industry most post-consumer glass waste goes to landfill.

On the basis of these findings, WRAP has now commissioned BRE to conduct a new research project with the aim of providing practical guidance on recycling flat glass.

Four practical trails to collect and separate post-consumer window waste will be run starting in April 2004.

Michelle O'Reilly, WRAP's material project officer for glass, said: "By the end of the year we should know far more about the best ways to recycle flat glass in the domestic window industry."

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